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Jannik Sinner is in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. © AFP / DAVID GRAY

Rublev is the upcoming Sinner opponent

Jannik Sinner reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open in Melbourne. After a tough fight against Karen Khachanov (ATP 15), the South Tyrolean didn't have enough of tennis.

“I love tennis, I can never get enough of it. That's why I'm watching the game between Alex and Andrey to know who my next opponent will be," said Jannik Sinner after Round of 16 victory over Karen Khachanov. It was Andrey Rublev who was able to defeat the Australian local hero Alex De Minaur in 5 sets. The 26-year-old from Russia will duel with Sinner for the 7th time on Tuesday night (CET). The balance speaks for the South Tyrolean. Sinner has won against Rublev four times so far.

Before that, Sinner reviewed the duel with Khachanov. The world number 15. Sinner offered a tough fight, which the Sexten native had already prepared for in advance: “I knew it would be a difficult match and that’s what it was. Karen and I play very similar tennis. That's why I tried to vary as much as possible. When things got difficult mentally and physically, I tried to somehow stay in the game. I managed to overcome the difficulties and win the game. That makes me happy."

Jannik Sinner and Karen Khachanov really stood up to each other. In the end the South Tyrolean won. © AFP / DAVID GRAY

Sinner also emphasizes that the audience helps him in difficult phases. “I don't want to show off and put on a poker face. If I lose a point even though I played well, I try to stay calm. It’s good when the audience applauds, especially in difficult moments,” said the South Tyrolean.

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